‘The Great Indoors’ Off To Decent Ratings Start, ‘Pure Genius’ Soft, NBC Lineup Up

Snapshot: New series premieres: CBSThe Great Indoors (2.0 in 18-49), Pure Genius (1.2); Returning series premiere: CBS’ Mom (1.6), Life In Pieces (1.5).
After strong early launches for comedy Kevin Can Wait and dramas Bull and MacGyver — all already picked up for full seasons — it’s been a so-so start for the second wave of CBS’ new fall series this week. Following the OK not great debut for the Matt LeBlanc starrer Man with a Plan on Monday, fellow freshman comedy The G…

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Jonas Cuaron on 7-Year Journey to Make Thriller ‘Desierto’

The release of “Desierto” marks a seven-year journey for Mexican writer/director/editor/producer Jonás Cuarón, who brings the story of a border crossing to the screen just as the national debate on immigration has reached fever pitch. The film debuted at the Toronto Film Festival in September 2015, but bowed this month in theaters. FAMILY FRIENDLY Cuarón’s… Read more »

Tobey and Jennifer Maguire Split Up, List Santa Monica Micro-Compound (EXCLUSIVE)

SELLERS: Tobey and Jennifer Maguire LOCATION: Venice, CA PRICE: $2,995,000 SIZE: 3,601 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: Just weeks after it was announced Tobey and Jennifer Maguire split up — amicably by all press accounts — the erstwhile couple’s comely Santa Monica micro-compound has come up for sale with an asking… Read more »

Justin Timberlake to Receive Hollywood Film Awards Song Honor

Justin Timberlake will receive the Hollywood song award at the Hollywood Film Awards for his single “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” from the upcoming DreamWorks animated movie “Trolls.” Timberlake will get the award at the Nov. 6 ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. James Corden is hosting. Dick Clark Productions made the announcement on Friday. “Can’t Stop the Feeling!”… Read more »

Joachim Rønning Attached To Direct David Heyman’s ‘Methuselah’ With Tom Cruise

EXCLUSIVE: It looks like David Heyman‘s biblical epic Methuselah with Warner Bros and Tom Cruise is revving up with Joachim Rønning, who is fresh off directing what is touted to be Disney’s 2017 summer blockbuster, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, attached to direct.
Warner Bros and Heyman have been dancing with this project for quite some time and Cruise has been attached for awhile but bringing Rønning aboard breathes new life into a project that has…

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‘The Walking Dead’ Ratings Hit 2nd Best Live+3 Results Ever With Season 7 Debut

The heavily marketed and highly anticipated Season 7 debut of The Walking Dead on October 23 paid off for AMC with the zombie apocalypse blockbuster’s second highest rated episode ever – and now that payoff has come with some delayed viewing interest for the Number #1 show on TV.
In Live + 3 numbers TWD hit it out of the 2016 park World Series style with 20.8 million viewers and 13.2 million among adults 18-49 – with its second best delayed viewing results ever. That’s a…

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Shortest-Ever Hot 100 Hit “PPAP” Gets A Long Version

ppapLast week, “Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen” — the debut track from fictional songwriter Piko-Taro, who was created by Japanese comedian Kazuhito Kosaka — became the shortest-ever song to hit Billboard’s Hot 100, mostly thanks to a Justin Bieber co-sign and a lot of YouTube streams due to the video’s absurd, viral nature. Now, the novelty of the … More »

Revenues From TV Production Offset Risky Returns for Film Studios

The major film studios have been enjoying a period of healthy growth. The eight largest studios — Disney, Fox, Sony, Universal, Paramount, Warner Bros., Lionsgate, and MGM — saw a combined revenue gain of 14% from 2014 to 2015. But many are banking increasingly on television production to fuel gains and to offset the “lumpiness”… Read more »

In Contention: Anglophiles Look for British Stamp

Ever since Charles Laughton nabbed an Oscar for “The Private Life of Henry VIII” 82 years ago, the Academy’s love affair with British cinema has been a loyal and devoted one, covering such RP-accented champs as “Hamlet,” “Chariots of Fire,” and “The King’s Speech.” This year, however, looks a little leaner than usual on U.K…. Read more »